A woman was was rushed to hospital with lips that looked like ‘raw sausages’ after she was given dermal filler treatment in her own home.
The young mum could neither ear nor drink properly after the botched procedure and cited poor hygiene and infection control protocols and lack of a consent procedure as key issues.
Now, Comparethetreatment.com expert and founder of the Safety In Beauty campaign, Antonia Mariconda, has renewed her call for us all to be wary of poor practice that risks our health.
She has become increasingly concerned at the increasing number of incidents that illustrate how easy it is to fall foul of bogus practitioners.
She suggests that figures show that most complaints about treatments are related to poor treatment and poorly trained individuals who have no clinical skills to carry out the procedure.
With the number of Brits seeking factual aesthetics rising, she claims this trend is an alarming one.
‘Our statistics indicate that four in five complaints made result in substandard treatments being carried out by inadequately trained individuals who have no medical qualifications and are clearly unskilled and inexperienced at addressing complications.’
Botox and dermal fillers are big business – and have become the anti-ageing treatment of choice for those people who yearn to roll back the years without going under the knife.
With their wrinkle-smoothing properties, cosmetic treatment is almost always considered to be elective in nature.
However, dermal fillers are not ‘prescription only’ devices and they are, therefore, not subject to the legal restriction on who can inject them, unlike botulinum toxins.
Prior to any treatment, clinicians should always obtain valid and informed consent, which means you only give consent after the practitioner has provided you with information on the material risks, benefits and alternatives to treatment.
The treating practitioner should also manage your expectations as to what can be achieved through treatment, and how long the effects can be expected to last.
When having treatment that uses botulinum toxin products and/or dermal fillers for cosmetic treatments, ensure you are given written consent.
You can also submit a free confidential complaint or concern at The Safety in Beauty Campaign at email@example.com.
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